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Path's End

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by Bryan Costales external link

The path through the garden ended at a plastic covered shape that would become a future pond and stream. Next to that stream was a raised garden bed we called the, "Mini-Beast." It was filled with old chunks of grass and dirt and covered with cardboard, compost, and mulch. It will remain sans plants until next year to give it time for winter rain to help enrich the underlying dirt.

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Colorful Grouping

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by Bryan Costales external link

The variegated roses grew in a colorful offering of dramatic tones. These roses were delightfully happy looking, yet were completely odorless.

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Roared Out To Meet A Ship

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by Terry Costales internal link

A pilot boat, with two powerful motors, roared loudly on its way out to meet a ship. As it happened, that ship was the Ruby Princess, the ship upon which we were traveling that day.

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Open Can On Campfire

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by Bryan Costales external link

An opened can of baked beans was heating over a campfire at Baker Bay Campground. This was not part of the evening meal. Instead, it was heated and eaten by just one of the campers.

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Water Drain

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by Bryan Costales external link

Water drained through an iron pipe embedded in concrete that faced McAbee Beach in Monterey, California. Rust caused by the flow of that water created a rust stain to appear below the pipe. An old, cut off bolt to the right of the pipe created a rust stain below it as well.

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Chatted On Phone

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by Bryan Costales external link

A man sat on a bench in front of a closed office building and chatted on his phone. He looked comfortable and relaxed that day.

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Spray Paint

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by Bryan Costales external link

Spray paint decorated the part of a building facing the road out from Oranjestad, Aruba. A pigeon on the ground watched the bus pass. An earlier graffiti of, "PA," was painted out using red paint. The newest graffiti was, "ABP," and was panted in blue over the earlier graffiti.

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Bite Sized

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by Bryan Costales external link

Short ears of corn were arranged on a table in advance of lunch. They had been cut into short lengths to make them bite sized, and more quickly turned into cobs.

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Macaws

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by Terry Costales

Two Macaws preening one another. A very intimate, gentle moment in a birds' life.

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Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

Sea Lions swam in and out of sunlight and shade beneath the wharf in Santa Cruz.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

A very young sea lion was sleepily curious about his observers.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

A very large male sea lion with a much smaller female.

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Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

This photo shows a sea lion swimming in the late afternoon sunlight beneath the wharf in Santa Cruz. Lovely light on a lovely animal.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

More of the endless variation of facial expressions you can always find in sea lions.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

King of the mountain and he knows it.

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Leopard Tortoise (Geochelone pardalis)

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by Terry Costales

A very large, old Leopard Tortoise sunned itself that afternoon.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

Close up of a male sea lion. According to Wiki, "Zalophus californianus" means "Californian big-head" because a male grows a crest of bone on top of his head that causes a bulging forehead.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

To our left as we exited the harbor and entered the slough, we saw an old pier covered with sea lions. We slowly motored past them. It was quite satisfying to be at their level and so close to them. I feel like I ended up with a family portrait instead of a wildlife photo.

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Raft of Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

For an unforgettable wildlife experience, I highly recommend the Elkhorn Slough Safari in Moss Landing. We saw over one hundred sea otters, almost eighty harbor seals and dozens of sea lions very up close and personal. This photo shows a raft of about eighty sea otters. Raft is the official label for a bunch of otters hanging out together, looking like a raft. In addition to sea mammals, I also photographed sixteen species of birds. The trip was two hours of wildlife bliss. There were a few . . .

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Blue-and-Gold Macaw (Ara ararauna)

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by Terry Costales

A loud, large, parrot looking quite handsome.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

A female sea lion tried to appear very demure.

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Raft of Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

This photo shows just part of a very large raft of otters we saw in the Elkhorn Slough. The older individuals had light faces, and such cute faces they were.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

Two Harbor Seal were of quite different fur colors but all the whiskers were blonde.

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Green-winged Macaw (Ara chloropterus)

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by Terry Costales

The Green-winged Macaw goes by many names: Greenwing Macaw, Red and Green Macaw and Green Wing Macaw. They are one of the largest and gentlest of all the Macaws.

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Snowy Egret and Great Egret

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by Terry Costales

The larger Great Egret was stalked by the smaller Snowy Egret.

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